2008
Volleyball wins 1st round NAC tourney tilt

Volleyball wins 1st round NAC tourney tilt
November 3, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

No. 4-seed Benedictine University's volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the Northern Athletics Conference post-season tournament, thanks to its first-round victory over No. 5-seed Dominican University, 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-14), at the Rice Center. The win ups Benedictine’s record to 17-15 on the year, while the Stars fell to 16-15 to close out 2008. After dropping the first set of the night, the Benedictine team climbed on the back of its returning all-region player, sophomore Kayla Leyden to help turn the tide. Leyden had seven of her 24 kills on the night in that pivotal second set won by the Eagles. Leyden had a .375 attack percentage for the game. Kate McGuire added eight kills in the match. Leyden also led the Eagles with 21 digs and four blocks to spearhead a solid night defensively. Teammate Amanda Distasio added 16 digs, while Sara Olszta and Taylor Hoppe each had 11 digs. Sarah Porod and Sierra Griffin each blocked down four balls, apiece. Hoppe, a freshman setter, amassed 18 assists. Fellow setter, junior Jessica Judge, was credited with 17 assists. Benedictine will play at No. 1-seed Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis., on Thursday evening. Match time for the NAC tournament semifinal match is 7:00 p.m.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.